Learning Through Play
Developing fundamental skills for your children is very important within those early years. Here we have put together both Creative and Active activities that you can adopt depending on your child’s preference. These activities look at improving colours, shapes, numbers, letters and days of the week and are all very easy to set up within your own home.
This is a great idea to help your children learn their numbers using equipment within your own home.
Step 1:Using an empty box, draw some car parking spaces with a pen and provide each space with a number.
Step 2: Then using your children’s cars, attach the printed numbers to the top of the car. These numbers must match those printed in the car parking spaces in step 1.
Step 3: Now its time to match the numbers on the car to the numbers in the car parking spaces.
Kids just love to mess in water so why not let them learn through play.
Step 1: Fill up a bucket that is available to you with water
Step 2: Add some letters into the water
Step: It’s now time to let your little one’s fish for the letters, while at the same time trying to guess which letter they picked out.
What’s better than using household items to make your children a fun learning activity.
Step 1: Using a baby wipes tub, design a monsters face using paper and glue
Step 2: Using milk bottle tops, stick printed letters to the top with glue
Step 3: Now it’s time to let your little one’s feed the monster with letters
All kids love fishing so what’s better than fishing for numbers while learning.
Step 1: Purchase number magnets for your local toy shop or online
Step 2; Using a large paper clip attach string to one side
Step 3: It’s now time to start fishing
Play-Doh is a kids best friend, so why not make learning fun by letting your child pick their favorite colour and start to make different sized numbers.
Step 1: Print out different size numbers and laminate the card
Step 2: Using the laminated card as a guide let the children follow the shape’s of the numbers and start to design their very own.
Salt drawing is the perfect way to practice your letters without wasting paper. This activity is easy to wipe clean and start again without to much mess.
Step 1: Empty some salt into a container
Step 2: Using printed letter cards, follow the shape with your finger to make the shape of different letters
Step 1: Draw some letters on either paper or card and let your children run around the front room jumping to and from the letters.
Step 2: Let the music play but once it stop’s the children must shout out the letter that they are either stood on or closest to.
Step 3: The fastest child to call their letter out gains a point on the score board.
Kids love to throw objects around, so why not make this into a game where they can learn and play.
Step 1: Record varied letters onto squared paper and stick these onto a wall within your home.
Step 2: Using a small plastic ball allow your children to call out a letter and then use this as a target to aim the ball. (For older children, progress this activity by making up different words using the squared letters)
All you need to design Targets Plates is a few paper plates and some bean bags or something similar.
Step 1: Record a different number on each paper plate, these can vary depending on the age of the children.
Step 2: Allow the children 3 attempts to hit the target plates.
Step 3: Total up your children’s score’s to see who the winner is.
Target Throwing can by designed on either a small or larger scale depending on your children’s age range.
Step 1: Using a tarpaulin sheet , cut varied shapes and size targets.
Step 2: Using masking tape, place this around the cut out shapes to highlight the target.
Step 3: Underneath each target record a score that can be achieved if the ball has been successfully thrown through the target.
Now it’s time to play by throwing the ball through different targets and calculating their scores.
Step 1: Scatter some letters from the alphabet around your garden
Step 2: Give the children 1 minute to find as many letter as possible.
Step 3: The children must bring their letters back to a selected area and try to make as many words out of the letters found. If this is to difficult for your children you could allows ask them to shout their letter.
These activities can be varied using, colours, shapes, numbers, letters and days of the week for most of the activities.